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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/12/18

Boone dreaming of Judge’s return; Severino needs to bounce back; Andujar allowed Happ trade; Voit is Cashman’s latest masterpiece; High expectations could ruin remembering a great team

New York Yankees v Seattle Mariners Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: For the second straight day, Aaron Judge took batting practice and outfield drills. As Judge works his way back to the lineup, the Yankees are starting to figure out a potential timeline for his return. He’s going to hit again today and get in some “pretty extensive” work over the weekend, at which point they’ll have a better idea of his schedule. Meanwhile, Aaron Boone is all of us:

I’m definitely picturing Boone doodling on his notebook like he’s a kid in school, “AB+AJ=4Ever<3”

Newsday | Erik Boland: Luis Severino’s second half struggles are no secret at this point. Earlier in the year if the topic of a potential Wild Card Game starter came up, there was no question that Severino would be the one to take the ball, but now the choice is up in the air and Aaron Boone acknowledged as much. The leading candidates right now are Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ, but if Severino can get back on track starting tonight, he could reemerge as the best choice.

New York Post | George A. King III: One of the best acquisitions of the trade deadline this year has been J.A. Happ. In his eight starts with the team so far, Happ has a 2.70 ERA and even that’s “ballooned” because of one bad five-run start against the Tigers. Happ’s been everything the Yankees have needed, and the only reason they were able to get him was because of Miguel Andujar. Andujar’s one of the top Rookie of the Year candidates and his bat gave Brian Cashman faith to deal Brandon Drury to get Happ.

Sports Illustrated | Gabriel Baumgaertner: There’s a reason that Yankees fans refer to Brian Cashman as Ninja Cash. Time and time again, Cashman has proven he’s one of the best general managers in baseball with his superb wheeling and dealing skills. His latest masterpiece looks like it’s going to be turning Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos into Luke Voit. Voit’s stepped up more than admirably amidst Greg Bird’s struggles and if he can keep it up, he’ll be another one of Ninja Cash’s steals.

Beyond the Box Score | Matt Provenzano: Former PSA writer and current head honcho of Beyond the Box Score, Matt Provenzano takes some time to discuss the high expectations that always surround the Yankees. Matt talks about how Cashman’s approval rating (at least among PSA readers) is at a “low” 74%, despite him putting together a team that will win 100 games. This is a really good read, take some time to check it out.